DVD: Country Strong (12)
Friday 15 July 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow makes the most unconvincing substance abuser since Zammo took up cocaine in Grange Hill in this hokey tale of achy-breaky hearts in the land of country and western.
Paltrow's sozzled Nashville singer, Kelly, encounters a young crooning cowboy in rehab and demands, to her husband/manager Ed (Tim McGraw), that the young buck support her on her comeback tour. Which he does, along with a fiercely ambitious young singer (Leighton Meester). Relationship turmoil ensues. Paltrow doesn't disgrace herself with her singing, but her inability to stop sobbing in almost every scene sinks this mawkish melodrama. Just say no...
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